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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Online voting - Now OPEN - Vote by August 10. MONTHLY MEETING - Join us Saturday, August 13th at 1200 hours at Dillon's Restaurant. Come at 1100 for time to "socialize." - If you need directions, click HERE to open a Google Map. USSVI National Convention - In Reno, NV. - August 15 - 20.
George Crider


Perch Base Life Member George Crider, STCS(SS) (ret) took a fall and was hospitalized. George has improved and was moved out of ICU to a hospital room and has now been moved to an acute care center for rehabilitation therapy. George’s wife, Sharon, expects he will enjoy visitors, but suggests that the stimulation of visitors would be excessive for the present. She will let us know when she thinks he is ready for other company.

George joined Perch Base 16 years ago and is also a Holland Club Member, having qualified on the USS Sea Devil (SS-400) in 1960. He also was selected "Shipmate of the Year" at our 2015 Annual Awards Banquet.

Please keep George in your thoughts and prayers.

USS S-28

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
72 years ago, on July 4, 1944, the USS S-28 (SS-133), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Following a Hawaii overhaul S-28, on 3 July 1944, began training operations off Oahu. The antisubmarine warfare exercises continued into the evening of 4 July. As evening began contact between her and surface ships became sporadic and, at 18:20, the last, brief contact with S-28 was made and lost. All attempts to establish communications failed and a thorough search of the area failed to locate the submarine. A Court of Inquiry was unable to determine the cause of the loss of S-28.
49 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."

2016 Prescott Parade

Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float up to Prescott, Arizona on July 2nd, 2016, for the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
View more parade pictures HERE.

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EXTRA, EXTRA, Read all about it...
The latest Perch Base Newsletter has hit the streets. Perch Base members should have received their copy via email, but the newsletter is also on the Perch Base website HERE.

Michael Mattera

Michael Mattera
Some of our members may know Michael Mattera, a Gudgeon Base (Prescott, AZ) member.
Michael Phil Mattera went on Eternal Patrol on June 15, 2016. He served as a submarine sonarman serving on the USS Bergall, SS-320, from 1947 to 1951, and the USS Sablefish, SS-303, in 1951.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

View the obituary HERE.

Dan Moss

Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Chairman and Perch Base member Dan Moss was interviewed on KFNX Radio 1100 AM by radio host Mike “Shoe Shine” Gebhart about the Memorial.
Listen to interview HERE and visit the ASSM Website.

Walt Blomgren

Walt Blomgren
Perch Base member Walt Blomgren went on Eternal Patrol on May 24, 2016. Walt was our Base Chaplain in 2009-2012 and Event Coordinator in 2013. He was a member of the Holland Club, having qualified in submarines over 50 years ago.
Walt was born in 1938 and enlisted in the Navy from 1957 to 1961, leaving as an EN2(SS). He served and qualified on the Argonaut (SS-475) from 1957 to 1959 and then on the Halfbeak (SS-352) from 1960 to 1961.

A brief military service will be conducted at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Cave Creek Road on Tuesday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

View the obituary HERE.

2016 Flagstaff AFDP

A good turnout of Perch Base Members, wives and family participated in the Armed Forces Day Parade in Flagstaff on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
View more parade pictures HERE.

Annual Picnic

Annual Picnic
Perch Base held its Annual Picnic meeting on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Some members from Tautog Base from Casa Grande, White Mountain Base and Gudgeon Base from Prescott Valley also joined us.
Four Perch Base members were inducted into the Holland Club, having been qualified in submarines for 50 years.
View more picnic pictures HERE.

May 2016 Akimel-A-al Photos

Perch Base took the USS Phoenix to Akimel-A-al Middle School on May 9, 2016, for a static display.
The students and staff put on an excellent Twenty Third Annual Patriotic Day Celebration program that made all the Veterans present feel appreciated. They even serenaded us and served us breakfast.
View more pictures HERE.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag

When should I fly the American Flag at half staff?

Check out the Arizona Half Staff Notification web site.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

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USSVI Creed:

"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins


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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine brothers performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to http://www.perch-base.org/Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.